Tips for Using Repetition in Photography

Repetition is a powerful device for making your image stronger. Whether you’re crafting an editorial photo shoot or simply trying to capture the beauty of a single flower, repetition can help build the perceived value of your image by creating visual tension and harmony. Repetition also helps create rhythm in images, which can draw attention away from imperfections or unexpected elements within them.

Repetition is a powerful way for making your image stronger

Repetition is a powerful way for making your image stronger. In photography, repetition can be used to create a sense of balance and visual interest. It can also be used as an effective method for creating visual impact through contrast, harmony and unity.

Repetition refers to a process where an image is repeated with a small variation on each shot. The idea is to have a series of images that capture the same subject with subtle differences. This gives the viewer the opportunity to compare and contrast the shots. By looking at a sequence of images, a story may begin to emerge.

You can create a sense of rhythm through repetition

Repetition is a great way to create a sense of rhythm in your photos. Here are some ways you can use repetition for this purpose:

  • Use the same subject in different poses or positions.
  • Take the same photo at different locations or times of day or seasons.
  • Incorporate variations in weather conditions, lighting and background elements into your images when using the same subject (e.g., clouds, sunsets, snowstorms).

You can draw the eye and create visual tension with repetition

Use repetition to create visual tension. The eye is drawn to repetition, contrast and the unusual, so use these elements to guide the viewer’s gaze throughout your frame.

For example, if you want your viewer to see something specific (like an object or person) in a photograph, try placing it near other objects of similar size and color that are placed elsewhere in the photo. Or if you want the eye of your subject on the left side of a shot with nothing else but empty space behind them when viewed from left to right—make sure that their eyes are looking directly at where you want them too look at!

Patterns needn’t be perfect

When using patterns for repetition photography, patterns can be abstract, geometric, and symmetrical.

Patterns can also be asymmetrical. The key here is that the repetition needs to be similar, but not identical: if it is identical, you’ll just have a boring old line or square pattern on your hands (which doesn’t make for very interesting photos).

The following elements are great to experiment with when using repetition in photography.

  • Repeating shapes. The most obvious way to use repetition in photography is to pick a shape, and then repeat it throughout your images. For example, if you want to create a photo series that’s based on circles, then you can use circles as the central focus of each image.
  • Repeating lines. Whether they’re straight or curved lines, repeated patterns of lines can be an effective way to add interest and depth to your photography.
  • Repeating colors. If you have a specific color palette in mind for your project, consider using it throughout all or most of your photos—or at least in some thematic way so that each picture has its own sense of unity with others (for instance: reds and pinks might work well together).
  • Repetition of patterns & textures—this one is especially important because when we look at photographs we tend not only see them but also feel them through touch which means that textures are often more important than people realize!

Focus on symmetry

Symmetry creates a sense of balance and harmony. Symmetrical images can create a sense of order, stability, and rhythm.

You can use symmetry to create a dynamic image that’s pleasing to the eye.

Repetition can help create mood

A sense of rhythm and harmony can be a powerful way to help your viewers understand the mood of the photo. If you want to use repetition in photography, it’s important not to overdo it. You don’t want your image to become boring or monotonous!

In order for repetition in photography to work well, it needs subtlety—and an understanding of how much is too much.

Notice patterns in nature to help you with this type of photography

Observe the patterns in nature, such as those found on flower petals, fruits and vegetables (like apples), pine cones, leaves and branches. Then look for patterns in your own environment.

  • You can use repetition to create a sense of harmony between your subject and its background by finding repeating shapes or colors that complement each other. For example, if you’re photographing a landscape with mountains or rolling hills in the background, try capturing another image with trees or flowers along the same line of sight as your primary subject.
  • If you want to bring attention to an isolated object in a picture while using repetition elsewhere in the frame (like when there’s an interesting cloud formation above everything), make sure that all elements have enough contrast so they don’t blend together into one big blurriness; otherwise it will look like nothing but mushy colors/shapes behind what should be focused on more than anything else!

Use the same colors to create harmony

When you have a consistent color palette throughout your shoot, your pictures are more likely to look cohesive and beautiful. Make sure that you have a consistent color scheme before you begin shooting so that everything will match up later on in post-processing when it comes time to choose which photos belong together. If you’re unsure what colors work well together, use a color wheel as a guide! The great thing about this kind of wheel is that it can help you choose complementary or contrasting shades depending on which effect you’re going for (complementary ones are those that sit opposite each other on the wheel).

Pick a theme for your photo shoot

When you’re trying to create an image that stands out, it helps to have a theme. The theme can be something as simple as the color of your shirt or it could be more complicated, like a specific object or phrase.

If you want to put together a cohesive series of images, you can use your chosen theme as the connecting thread between them. If you have four related photos on Instagram, they will likely be grouped together in chronological order under one hashtag so people can see them all at once. That makes it easy for viewers to see how each of those pictures builds on top of each other. In other words: if you want people who aren’t paying close attention (or aren’t very familiar) with this series yet but might end up becoming interested later on down the line because they saw one picture about something else!

For example: Let’s say we’re looking at an abandoned amusement park called “Ghost Town” which has been taken over by nature over time since its closure 30 years ago


You should now be well on your way to creating some great images with repetition. Remember that this technique isn’t just for landscapes; you can use it in any type of photography, from portraits to still life shots. Try experimenting with the different elements listed above until you find one that works best for your photo shoot. If nothing else, remember that repetition creates harmony and balance: two qualities every good picture needs!